Tension high in Mombasa in second day of protests

Tuesday August 28 2012

Youth burn tyres in King'orani Road in Mombasa as they engage police in running battles following the killing of Sheikh Aboud Rogo August 27, 2012.

Youth burn tyres in King'orani Road in Mombasa as they engage police in running battles following the killing of Sheikh Aboud Rogo August 27, 2012.  

By BOZO JENJE and GALGALO BOCHA

Tension was high in Mombasa Tuesday morning as rowdy youth took to the streets to protest the killing of Sheikh Aboud Rogo.

The youth stoned vehicles and barricaded roads in Saba Saba, Mombasa.

Police lobbed teargas at the protestors at Msikiti Musa during the early morning standoff.

In Majengo, the officers fired rubber bullets to disperse the marauding demonstrators.

One person was stabbed as the mayhem reigned. Sylvester Odhiambo, a mechanic, received first aid at the Salvation Army Mombasa Central Church.

On Monday night, hours after Sheikh Rogo was shot dead by unknown gunmen, protesting youth looted businesses and burnt tyres.

Four churches were also attacked in Mombasa.

The fiery madrassa teacher, named by the United Nations and the US as Al-Shabaab’s chief agent in Kenya, was shot near Bamburi on the Mombasa-Malindi highway as he drove his wife to hospital.

His wife sustained gunshot wounds in the legs. Her father, Mr Abdhallah Ali, who was also in the 14-seater van, suffered slight injuries but the couple’s eight-year-old daughter was unhurt.

Scores of irate youths in Sheikh Rogo’s funeral procession looted Jesus Celebration Centre and Neno Evangelism Centre, vandalised Ziwani SDA and petrol-bombed Pentecostal Assemblies of God churches all in Buxton area.

Sheikh Rogo was buried at Manyimbo Muslim Cemetery in Tudor.

The protesting youths burnt tyres outside Msikiti Musa, Majengo Market and along the Buxton-Nyali road where they harassed motorists and pedestrians.

During the mayhem, one person was stoned to death.